Before Talladega County students take their first steps into the classroom at the start of the school year, one group ensures their school has been covered in prayer.

Each church in the Coosa River Baptist Association is assigned a school in the Talladega County School System to walk around and pray for the faculty, staff and students to begin the school year in August. 

The prayer walks have been a tradition of the association for at least a decade, according to group member Ann Casaday, but this year, Bon Air, Mountain View and Trinity Baptist churches in Childersburg decided to continue their prayers and thoughtfulness throughout the year at their assigned school, Watwood Elementary.

“We wanted to do something different this year and continue to pray for the teachers all year,” Casaday said. “We’ve sent them cards and little gifts throughout the year, but the main thing was prayer.”

The school’s 40 staff members each received anonymous cards and gifts all school year, and on May 29, the teachers discovered who their prayer partner had been all along at a big reveal. The churches gave each teacher an end-of-the-year gift basket.

“All year long, we have not known who specifically was doing these things for us, so it was fun to see everybody meet the person who had been praying for them,” Watwood Principal Scarlet Thomas said. “It makes teachers feel so special to have these people brighten up their day and their year by thinking of them.”


Casaday said the group did not want much attention for its acts, but only to thank the teachers who give of themselves to students. 

Attached to each gift basket presented to the teachers and administrators was the follow note: “A note of thanks because you devote your life to teach children so many things. You are an encouragement to many who get little or no encouragement. You give your time, talents and resources to make an impact on little lives. You touch eternity one heart at a time, and we appreciate you!”